Michigan rallies to defeat Penn State
The Associated Press | February 18,2013
Penn State guard D.J. Newbill is defended by Michigan forward Jon Horford during the second half at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help No. 4 Michigan bounce back from an embarrassing defeat with a 79-71 victory over Penn State on Sunday.
The Wolverines (22-4, 9-4 Big Ten) had dropped three of their previous four games, including a 23-point loss Tuesday night at No. 8 Michigan State, and needed a half to shake off their slump. Michigan trailed for much of the first 20 minutes against a last-place team without a conference win.
The Nittany Lions (8-17, 0-13) led by as many as eight in the first half. They went ahead 7-plus minutes into the game and had the lead until Burke made a game-tying, off-balance fadeaway with 55 seconds left in the first half.
Michigan scored the first six points after halftime to take control. Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 18, giving the Wolverines the third scoring option they needed to avoid an upset.
Penn State’s Jermaine Marshall and Sasa Borovnjak each scored 17 points.
No. 9 ARIZONA 68,
SALT LAKE CITY — Mark Lyons scored 18 points, freshman Brandon Ashley added 10 in a reserve role and Arizona defeated Utah to snap a two-game skid.
Arizona led by as many as 13 early in the second half only to see the Utes respond with a 14-3 run to tie it at 51 with 7:28 remaining on Jason Washburn’s tip-in.
A 3-pointer by Dakarai Tucker pulled Utah within two with 4:46 left, but a putback by Kevin Parrom and a layup by Lyons helped seal it for the Wildcats (21-4, 9-4 Pac-12), who were coming off their worst loss of the season.
Jarred DuBois had 16 points, Washburn 15 and Jeremy Olsen 12 for the Utes (11-14, 3-10), who have yet to win back-to-back conference games since joining the Pac-12 two years ago.
No. 12 LOUISVILLE 59, SOUTH FLORIDA 41
TAMPA, Fla. — Russ Smith scored 15 points and Louisville stayed within a game of first place in the Big East with a lopsided victory over South Florida.
Smith, Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware did all the scoring for the Cardinals during a 22-3 run in the first half. Smith finished with six rebounds and four assists for Louisville (21-5, 9-4), which has won four of five.
Blackshear’s 3-pointer tied it 11-all with 12:58 left in the first half and launched the decisive rally. Smith scored the final seven points of the spurt, which left the Cardinals with a 30-14 lead.
JaVontae Hawkins’ 3-pointer provided USF’s only points in a 9-minute span. Jawanza Poland scored 11 points for the Bulls (10-15, 1-12), who shot 24.5 percent and lost their eighth straight.
No. 20 WISCONSIN 71, No. 13 OHIO STATE 49
MADISON, Wis. — Ben Brust and Jared Berggren each scored 15 points as Wisconsin routed Ohio State.
Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 13 for the Badgers (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten), and Traevon Jackson added 10.
DeShaun Thomas led the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5) with 18 points.
The win kept Wisconsin tied with Michigan for third in the conference, two games behind leaders Indiana and Michigan State. Ohio State dropped into fifth place.
Wisconsin put Ohio State in a hole early and never let the Buckeyes climb out of it. They started the game 3 for 18 from the field and could not get into a rhythm.
The Badgers took control with an 18-0 run in the first half that lasted more than 7 minutes and put them up 24-6. Wisconsin led by as many as 26 in the second half.
The 17-point halftime deficit was Ohio State’s largest since March 2007 against Tennessee.